Blackwork Animals and Birds

A collection of 4 blackwork animals and birds, all available as instant downloads.

Three use shading to give a lifelike effect, while the fourth is more stylized.

There are various ways of shading a blackwork design. The method used here is to add extra stitches to the pattern in the darker areas. If you haven't tried shading before, you might like to try out my free pattern first or download my Blackwork for Beginners ebook.

The Sentinel - blackwork elephant

While stitching this project, you will learn how to use one colour to create a 3D shaded effect to this African elephant.

Design size: 11.1 x 8.25 inches

Downloadable chart £4.25


The Warrior - Blackwork white rhino

A partner design to the one above, the strength and size of this white rhino are apparent to all who see it. The design uses a single blackwork fill pattern with variations, to achieve the realistic shading.

Design size: 10 x 15 inches

Downloadable Chart £4.25

Blackwork Barnacle Goose

Instead of outlining each shape, we allow the blackwork patterns to blend into each other in this design. The patterns are simple, but you will need to monitor the chart as you work to keep on track.

This goose got its name during the Middle Ages, when people believed it hatched from barnacle shells!

Design size: 12.5 x 11 inches

Downloadable Chart £3.60

The Rooster

Blackwork and cross stitch are both used in this portrait of a French-style cockerel in black, red and gold metallic.

The Chinese dedicate a year in their calendar to the rooster. The last year of the Rooster was in 2017.

Design size: 12 x 17.5 inches

Downloadable Chart £4.25

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